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A character who, despite (or precisely because of) being NightmareFuel, is also greatly loved by a series' fandom. This can have a variety of reasons. Maybe the character is simply the biggest badass in the show, or maybe they have a [[CreepyCute cute]], [[LaughablyEvil funny]] or [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds tragic]] side in addition to their creepy side that endears the character to the fans. The character in question need not be a villain, though a majority of characters this trope applies to are villains or at least antagonists of some sort.

This sometimes results in MisaimedFandom and DracoInLeatherPants. Note that while these characters are often Nightmare Fuel incarnate, their appeal to non-{{Nightmare Fetishist}}s is often due to being more appealing (e.g., MagnificentBastard, TheWoobie, etc.) than creepy. May or may not overlap with CreepyGood. LoveToHate runs on a similar principle, and given that many examples of creepy characters tend to also be evil, the two tropes can easily overlap.

Also, characters that remain [[TheStoic stoic]] throughout the entirety of a show's story automatically qualify here due to lack of emotions, interest or involvement naturally these characters sprout up mystery and uncertainty. At worst these characters are [[TheDreaded downright terrifying]] once they finally decided to get involved with the cast, due to lack of understanding the cast would assume these characters are either dangerous, untrustworthy or non-human. It is common for the less intelligent characters, to foolishly meddle with these characters, something they often regret eventually once the latter reveals how emotionlessly twisted they really are.



* Advertising/TheBurgerKing, who indeed was created to invoke this along with RefugeInAudacity.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Annie Leonhardt is notably among the many who qualify for this trope. At first she remains calm, level-headed and completely sane. [[NotSoStoic But when she finally cracks]] you'll be in shock at how twisted she really is deep down.
** Mikasa Ackerman is a Heroic example, for someone who can put up with a character like Eren. Mikasa strives to protect all those she cares about, bullies would be wise not to mess with her and Titans aren't safe either.
** The Titans themselves also qualify especially the almighty Colossal Titan.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Russia terrifies the other cast members and is beloved by the audience.
** Russia's sister Belarus even more so. ''Russia'' is terrified of her.
** England is this to a saner degree. It's mostly the reason why he hasn't got many friends.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Possibly Mr. Kimura, definitely Chiyo-chichi. And Osaka, if only for the infamous Knife Incident.
* The Rail Tracer of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''
** Ladd Russo as well. Sure, he's an AxCrazy hitman who doesn't hesitate to headshot ten-year-olds, kill his own allies, [[PeoplePuppets or use his victims' bodies to practice ventriloquy]], but the guy is just [[LaughablyEvil so damn goofy]] [[LargeHam and enthusiastic]] while doing his thing that it's tough to hold it against him. It also helps that he's one of the few {{Badass Normal}}s in a series filled with superpowered immortals, and spends most of his time killing other villains and antagonists.
* In ''Manga/BattleRoyale'', Kiriyama being an emotionless killer doesn't stop fans from liking him.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' has Grell, Undertaker, and, in the second season of the anime, Alois.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
** [[CreepyTwins Hansel and Gretel]], despite being deranged killers, are also loved by a good portion of this series' fandom who sympathize with them because of their [[BreakTheCutie seriously messed-up]] [[HarmfulToMinors childhood]]. They can also be quite [[{{Moe}} cute]] at times.
** Sawyer the cleaner. A young woman who needs a electrovoice after having her voice box cut out and works as one-woman CleanupCrew, using her trusty chainsaw to make unwanted bodies easier to hide by cutting them into pieces ...bodies who aren't necessarily dead when they are brought to her. She also has worked as a hired gun a few times, proving quite adept at using her chainsaw in close combat.
** Even the cruellest, arrogant and most violent of criminals would be wise to fear, Roberta. Behind those lovely glasses and hair, hides a perpetual [[DeathGlare death glare]] that's only the first of many horrors she's capable of.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Mayuri, [[BaseBreakingCharacter to a portion of fans]].
** For all his high talk, Ulquiorra wants to be appreciated as such (and maybe even as a MagnificentBastard, with his NietzscheWannabe BreakingLecture attempts), transforming specifically to creep Ichigo out in a hopefully awesome way. He's surprised Ichigo doesn't buy it (while not buying a lot of other shit he spills).
** Hollow Ichigo V2 "Ressurection". Devil horns? Devil look? Still awesome, even in previous versions.
** And at least during the Rescue Rukia/Soul Society arc, Kenpachi. He kinda moved out of this category after becoming one of the good guys and instead was simply classified as CrazyAwesome instead.
** [[spoiler:''Unohana'']] of all people has become this after the release of Chapter 523.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has Vincent Volaju and Tongpu (AKA Mad Pierrot).
* The Millennium Earl and his Noah Famliy in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. Variously [[EvilIsSexy sexy]], [[EvilIsCool cool]], and AffablyEvil? Yes. Scary? [[NightmareFuel/DGrayMan Hell yes]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Let's just say this series has a Cast Full Of CreepyAwesome.
** Mikami has some great moments. Killing Demegawa and his cohorts in the anime is accompanied by writing even more epic than Light's. The [[{{Narm}} eagle sound effects]] and [[NarmCharm flashing multicolored lights]] aren't the things that make the scene; that [[SlasherSmile smile]] of his, however, is.
* Kazutaka Muraki from ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness''.
* [[TheHeartless The D-Reaper]] from ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. The creepy part is self-explanatory, the [[TheJuggernaut awesome]] part is that it came the closest to its goals and it's likely the most powerful ...thing in the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise.
* Freeza, Cell and Majin Buu of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* Three from ''Anime/{{DragonBallSuper}}'':
** Goku Black, who can seemingly turn into a dragon-like shadow creature with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] who patrols the skies looking for people to kill. From the ground, he looks like bolt of yellow lightning that can strike at anytime and when he does descends, it's like a tornado making landfall. Goku Black is closer to an EldritchAbomination than an actual person. [[CombatSadomasochist Him laughing gleefully when Future Trunks punched him in the gut only reinforced the creepy factor]].
** Trunks' transformation in Episode 61, caused by a supreme RageBreakingPoint, involves him gaining pure white eyes, a '''blue''' aura under his yellow aura, and his mere footsteps causing the earth to shake. It's as [[NightmareFuel pants-shittingly terrifying]] as it is awesome, not unlike Broly's Legendary Super Saiyan (which it superficially resembles).
** [[spoiler: Fusion Zamasu]] after he [[spoiler: he fused with the multiverse]]. In this form, he become an EldritchAbomination of millions of floating laughing heads that spreads across the multiverse like a virus and became "justice itself". He even began to break the barrier between space and time since Beerus and Whis felt [[spoiler: Fusion Zamasu's]] aura from their home world. He then proceeded to [[spoiler: wipe out all life across the multiverse leaving only Goku, Vegeta, Future Trunks, Future Mai, Bulma, and the Supreme Kais alive]]. The only way to stop him was to [[spoiler: summoned Future Zen'o who nuked the entire timeline, solidifying Fusion Zamasu as the most powerful villain in the franchise to date]].
* Izaya of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''.
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'' Lucy and Mariko are utterly vicious, but that's why they're so effective.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'': Possibly LittleMissBadass Cosette Sara, who initially appears to be an EnfantTerrible, but is something of a JerkassWoobie who is [[OlderThanTheyLook older than she looks]], and must hide her GagBoobs.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Flare Corona is bluntly the most twisted and eerie female of the series. Though her range of creepy goes from stalking to sadistic cruelty and all done perfectly with [[CreepyShadowedUndereyes creepy shadowed undereyes]]. However she isn't completely insane, [[BeneathTheMask deep down]] she's actually very shy and even apologizes for her acts (like she did to Lucy) not to mention she physically is very attractive and even [[CreepyCute cute]] (if you can endure her stare however).
** Many fans would agree that their is always something off about, [[DragonLady Minerva Orlando]]. Love her? or hate her? Minerva always has the looks of a scheming murderer despite the Oriental glamour. Sadly it gets worse, not only does she appear untrustworthy but her actions prove just the same if not worse.
* Ryuunosuke Uryu and his servant Caster in ''LightNovel/FateZero''. They see themselves and each other this way.
** EnsembleDarkhorse Assassin, the female one in particular, is this too; as well as EvilIsSexy.
* The title character of ''Manga/FrankenFran''. She does terrifying things, and is absolutely certain of being in the right. She's also cute, when her eyeballs aren't falling off...
* Envy, Kimblee, and Pride/[[spoiler:Selim]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* The Count of Montecristo in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* Puppet Master from ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' is an eerie disembodied torso of what appears to be a female android. It's voice though is male and discomfortingly cold (even for a machine). Once more Puppet Master's logic is incredibly evolved, capable of free will and breaking down the very fabric of human existence into a comprehendible theory of data. But above all else, Puppet Master succeeds in being a villain that will truly make you think. Perhaps even debate if technology could really gain sentient life someday?
* Inugami "Wanko" Isuzu from ''Manga/HayateCrossBlade'' first appears looking like a terrifying StringyHairedGhostGirl with creepy supernatural powers who is stalking her future partner, Momo. Even after teaming up with Momo and getting a hairstyle change that reveals she was BeautifulAllAlong, she still remains a major NightmareFetishist who takes it as praise whenever Momo mentions how creepy her personality and supernatural abilities are.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'''s Alucard, due to being a serious badass, among other things, as the page image shows. Also, Jan Valentine.
%%* Pretty much everyone in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' at times.
%%* A number of characters of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''.
* Ryougi Shiki of ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' is a frighteningly efficient college-aged serial killer. She's also [[BadassAdorable cute as hell.]]
* Ragyo Kiryuin of ''Manga/KillLaKill'' has a strong streak of this trope in her personality. Pale as a cloud and hair like a rainbow, this sick and incestuous mother is the product of pride and lust for power. Her expressions are often...interesting to say the least when she has her way, eccentric in clothing complete with a Model's touch of glamour. Ragyo is definitely a despicable character but also amusing to watch, a sign of a good villainess for many.
* ''Webcomic/{{Kubera}}'' give us Yuta. HorrorHunger? Check. Scary-yet-sexy {{Shapeshift|ing}}? Check. SuperStrength? Check. Cute as a button? Double-check. But, still... really, really has a [[TortureTechnician dark side]] you ''do not'' want to cross, however much he keeps it in check -- normally.
* Tsukuyomi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. Creepy as all hell, badass, strangely endearing and also a fan favorite.
* Robo-Emperor and Mega-Emperor/Giganko from ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}''. Both are terrifying, super powerful and two of the most popular Medabots in the series.
* Paptimus Scirocco of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' is a social predator and [[MindRape mind rapist]] with a penchant for seducing young girls and playing head games. Yet despite this -- or [[LoveToHate perhaps because of it]] -- he remains one of the most popular and well-liked villains in the franchise.
* Johan Liebert of ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', best encapsulated [[EstablishingCharacterMoment in his first appearance as an adult]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Zetsu, Sasori, Deidara, Hidan, Kabuto, Kisame, Shino, Orochimaru, Itachi (at times)...
** Pain and Konan share a spot here. Pain himself demonstrated "that many hands make light work", in possibly the most cruellest and overpowering ways, his logic was twisted but actually made sense despite all the [[AGodamI God talk]] and threats of annihilation. Konan kept a [[TheStoic straight face]] through every bit of evil the Akatsuki created, when it finally came to her time to fight alone, even Tobi feared he'd lose against her hidden talents and intimidation.
** Madara Uchiha has this down to a tee. With all the power he is capable of, it's mostly his personality that freaks out the cast. One minute he's extremely calm and collected the next he's a pure killing machine with an impressive [[SlasherSmile slasher smile]].
** The tailed beasts, especially the nine-tailed demon fox, Kurama. More apparent by making him and the others monstrous {{Jerkass Woobie}}s.
** [[spoiler:The Ten-Tails]]. This thing is a monster that even Kurama is terrified of, and all he had to go by on it was what the Sage of Six Paths told him, but what his fears are completely justified.
** [[spoiler:Kaguya Otsutsuki]] makes a very truthful example here. It is no lie that mankind fear the unknown, and things they don't understand especially the past and theories of Aliens. With such an abnormally pale appearance (one that could give Albinos a run for their money) the goddess herself deliberately became this trope to bring about peace. However she herself became the villain, all because she wanted something [[AmbitionIsEvil soo badly]], yet had to achieve the impossible for a chance to happen.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Rei, and to a lesser extent [[DissonantSerenity Kaworu]], were intended to be creepy and [[UncannyValley unsettling]]. They are the most widely loved characters in the series.
** The Evangelions, particularly the iconic EVA-01 on both counts. They're an extremely dark, twisted and disturbing spin on the SuperRobot concept, yet they look cool and have very impressive weaponry and fight scenes.
** [[EldritchAbomination The Angels]] were always this, but ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' takes this even further. Ramiel is [[SinisterGeometry living geometry]] that performs mind-boggling transformations and ''screams'' when it attacks. [[FanNickname "Clockiel"]] is a collossal pendulum on 100-storey-tall stilts with a clock for a face. Sahaquiel has multiple bizarre forms before it settles on a technicolour GiantEyeOfDoom, and explodes into a ''titanic ocean of blood'' when it's killed. [[TheJuggernaut And then]] [[CannibalismSuperpower there's Zeruel]]...
* Nico Robin of ''Manga/OnePiece''. Her powers enable her to sprout out limbs and ''[[BodyHorror mutilate]]'' her opponents spines. This ''would'' just be NightmareFuel, if the opponents weren't such [[TakeThatScrappy assholes.]] Then you have Brook, [[DemBones a tall and lanky re-animated skeleton]] who happens to be wicked fast with a SwordCane, then after two years he adds GhostlyChill to his arsenal, making him even more this trope than Robin.
* Ichijo of ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'', who is also CrazyAwesome.
* Sakurako from ''Manga/{{Psyren}}''. More to the point, the creepy part starts to show itself when her SuperPoweredEvilSide is revealed and she's pretty much always awesome in battle.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** Kyubey is an odd example. He looks absolutely adorable but [[spoiler:is a creepy amoral HiveMind that steals young girls' souls]] and the fans love him for it. [[LoveToHate For a very loose definition of love]].
** All the [[EldritchAbomination witches]], whose [[NonStandardCharacterDesign bizarre designs]], elaborate [[EldritchLocation barriers]] and [[spoiler:[[TragicMonster tragic]] [[BreakTheCutie origins]]]] made them widespread fixtures in the fandom. Special mention goes to Walpurgisnacht, essentially a colossal flying clockwork clown fortress that's constantly LaughingMad.
** As of ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', [[spoiler:Homura Akemi]] adds herself to the list.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' gradually starts throwing this trope around. Even [[NiceGuy Tsukune]] ends up becoming an example, gaining a monstrous SuperPoweredEvilSide that he can barely hold in check that cutting lose with it is a GodzillaThreshold.
* Many a character from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', though Kafuka, Matoi, and Chiri seem to be the most popular in this regard.
* Lain of ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** Stein, the CreepyGood MadScientist whose initial SwivelChairAntics are a stark contrast to his SociopathicHero personality.
** Crona, TheWoobie who has a bully living in their spine. The ''adorable'' woobie who has a bully living in their spine.
** [[GreaterScopeVillain Asura]]. He's the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification literal personification of fear]] and his mere presence causes terrifying hallucinations, and that's without even seeing him fight.
** [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Medusa Gorgon]] and the Gorgon Sisters are definitely this for the ladies. Interestingly all three display a certain theme to their creepiness (besides the obvious animal themes) for example, Medusa is a fan of the traditional evil, vile and cruel creepy style, Arachne plays the not-so-innocent and sly creepy style. Finally Shaula leans towards the playful, childish and egocentric creepy style suitable for she is the youngest.
* Tiir Rumibul from ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'' is an AxCrazy [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal]] with [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]], and a penchant for making [[SlasherSmile Slasher Smiles]] and dishing out [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Cruel and Unusual Deaths]]. He's also a major badass with quite a large amount of HiddenDepths.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' overflows with this trope, thanks to the very nature of Ghouls. About half of the cast have a HorrorHunger that forces them to live on human (or [[MonstrousCannibalism Ghoul]]) flesh to survive, with a GameFace that involves BlackEyesOfEvil and glowing, tentacle or wing-like extra limbs. There is copious amounts of BodyHorror and even the kindest characters can be pure NightmareFuel, but certain characters stand out for being fan-favorites while terrifying.
** Ken Kaneki, after his transformation into a brutal AntiHero. His fighting skills, EvilCostumeSwitch, and morally questionable behavior tend to be preferred by fans over his more humane earlier incarnation. In particular, his SuperPoweredEvilSide is considered awesome ''because'' of how twisted and horrifying it is.
** Tsukiyama is a consummate predator that is introduced ripping a woman's eyes out and having them sauteed, before becoming a StalkerWithACrush utterly obsessed with eating Kaneki. His flamboyant behavior, amoral nature, and willingness to do anything for Kaneki make him very popular in the fandom.
** Eto is a beloved villain, partially because of her child-like and sinister actions. [[spoiler: Her One-Eyed Owl form is considered awesome partially because of how monstrous it is and how twisted her actions are while in that form]].
** In the sequel, [[spoiler: Seidou Takizawa]] has quickly become a fan-favorite thanks to his creepy appearance and meme-spawning commentary while brutally murdering people.
* Headon from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' looks like a [[HairRaisingHare bipedal rabbit]] crossed with [[LizardFolk a snake]] and is one of the more [[GreatGazoo potent]] and [[ThresholdGuardians crucial]] [[HumanoidAbomination powers]] in the Tower without whom the plot wouldn't exist. And, you [[EyesDoNotBelongThere wouldn't believe]] [[SlasherSmile that smile]].
* Legato Bluesummers from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' who is a fan favourite because of his disturbing mein, creepy voice, and love of tormenting Vash.
* Yami Bakura and Yami Marik from ''Franchise/YuGiOh''.
** Also, Yami Yugi before the card game took over. He played many sadistic games with various people, all of whom were an AssholeVictim unto themselves. He even got a man to basically burn himself alive. Though after [[MindRape shattering Seto Kaiba's mind]] he became more benevolent.
* The Toguro Brothers, Karasu, and Shinobu Sensui of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Radio/TheShadow is arguably the TropeCodifier
* Almost every single one of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s more dangerous and psychotic rogues is this or has aspects of this, ComicBook/TheJoker and Scarecrow in particular judging by just how many fans they have. The Dark Knight himself can be considered a rare heroic example.
* [[GodOfEvil Anathos]] from ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'' is a KnightOfCerebus, a HeroKiller and walking terror who left the heroes broken both physically and mentally after their first fight with him. Yet, most fans ''love'' him, mainly because he is also a MagnificentBastard.
* Dream in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. His actions are at times very morally questionable, along with being nightmarish, but god damn if he doesn't look awesome doing them, especially when he shows that even '''GODS''' fear him.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersWindblade'': Many fans, and even fellow writer John Barber, have praised the author's reinvention of Starscream into this trope. The book borrows from the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' series, which the author was a writer on. Starscream has a more delicately creepy, and aloofly smug attitude about him, which the artist manages to capture in his lithe and expressive redesign. What follows is a more unsettling and gently threatening Starscream who has the city in his clutches.
* ''ComicBook/TheSpectre'' is a top notch example. Not only is he [[RealityWarper virtually omnipotent]], but he's made a name for himself by ''[[CruelandUnusualDeath turning criminals into inanimate objects and destroying them]]''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Yuuka Kazami in ''Fanfic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'', building on the generally affable maliciousness she displays in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' canon, is depicted as a psychotic, hammy, {{Nigh Invulnerabil|ity}}e [[TheGadfly gadfly]], being possibly the only clear cut villain in the whole ensemble, and is one of the fics several {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s. [[spoiler:Being revealed to be a [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Great Old One]] and acquiring knowledge of the fourth wall may be factors in that as well.]]
* Ser Yamame in ''FanFic/GameOfTouhou'' is a crazy old lady that wears only spider silk, controls legions of spiders, [[spoiler:and kills Yukari.]]
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** Mr Popo bosses around ''God'', regularly screws with the heroes, and is all the more awesome for it.
** Resident MagnificentBastard Freeza. Every single one of his [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Awesome Moments]] are either terrifying or [[LaughablyEvil hilarious]] or (most often) ''both''.
** Cell manages this with [[EstablishingCharacterMoment his introductory scene]]. "Hello... ''friend''."
%%* The ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Ask Pinkamina]] [[http://askpinkaminadianepie.tumblr.com/ Diane Pie]]'' tumblr blog. All of it.
* The sudden shift in Chapter 11 of the first novel in the ''{{Fanfic/Uplifted}}'' series. The only ones who understand the full extent of the horror are the readers, and even then it isn't figured out until the very last lines of the chapter.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Zira from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' is a perfect example of a psychotic widow out for revenge. Her defining moment is her obvious Villain song "My Lullaby" that explains every last twisted plan she makes and yet, [[SurpriseCreepy this is a Disney movie people.]]
** Scar is also this but in a more subtle and conniving way.
* Hexxus from ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'', this vengeful, ghastly spirit suitably voiced by Creator/TimCurry is the embodiment of pollution and how disgusting it can be. The song "Toxic Love" purposely flaunts the effects of what human greed does to the environment, which in return pleases Hexxus's fetishes for power.
* Judge Frollo from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', this was one of the times when Disney stepped it's sweet, loving toes towards the morbidly dark and excessive. Frollo epitomizes obsession, lust and the yearning for religious superiority. His [[VillainSong villain song]] suitably titled "Hellfire", is by far one the creepiest (and suggestive) musicals ever animated.
* [[TheDreaded Rattlesnake]] [[TheGunslinger Jake]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' seems to have this going for him, mainly due to Bill Nighy's ''deliciously'' menacing voice.
-->"This is ''my'' town now..."

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/ANewHope'' has Grand Moff Tarkin. The guy bosses Darth Vader around, and signs the death warrant on an innocent planet out of spite.
** Darth Vader, the towering juggernaut clad in black armor who wiped out the Jedi, kills Obi-Wan, and is [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduced]] crushing the neck of a defenseless prisoner, is the most iconic character of the saga and one of the most popular villains of all time. Part of the advertising for ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/RogueOne'' was reassuring fans that Vader would return, and one of the main criticisms leveled at the prequels was that it retroactively turned Vader into a whiny wuss.
** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' has TheEmperor, the most powerful man in the galaxy who defined EvilIsCool for an entire generation. A pre-Emperor Palpatine is generally agreed to be one of the better things in the prequel trilogy as well, particularly his memorable hamminess and {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has two.
*** Kylo Ren is obviously mentally unstable, very disturbing to watch, and is just as volatile as his [[DarthVaderClone progenitor]] [[spoiler:and grandfather]] Vader if not more; quite a few people find that this makes him a more interesting and effective villain.
*** Supreme Leader Snoke, with his [[CreepyMonotone creepy]] [[EvilSoundsDeep voice]] and intimidating presence. The ethereal, [[EvilisBigger sixty-foot tall hologram]] he appears helps too.
*** The [[EliteMooks Death Troopers]] from ''Film/RogueOne'' are the scariest Stormtroopers ever. All of them are at least [[LargeAndInCharge six feet tall]] and they [[AmbiguouslyHuman may or may not be human.]] This in addition to their all-black armor, [[BlackSpeech creepy]] [[HellIsThatNoise distorted voices]] and habit of mowing down Rebels and [[AnyoneCanDie main characters]] like target dummies.
* The alien (or xenomorph) of ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', a hideous killing machine and prime exemplar of the horror of FaceFullOfAlienWingWong, borne of H. R. Giger's messed-up Freudian nightmares. And an ''awesome'' antagonist, worth pitting against Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/GreenLantern.
* Chernabog from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' is one of the most visually-impressive villains in the entire Disney canon, a gigantic winged SatanicArchetype that commands a host of demons to dance and suffer for his pleasure.
* The ''Film/{{Predator}}'', a nine-foot-tall badass alien GreatWhiteHunter who drops in on less advanced cultures to choose a WorthyOpponent and do battle with them using an InvisibilityCloak and other weapons that fit its form of honour. Then, someone had the very good (and character-appropriate) idea of [[CoolVersusAwesome setting them against each other]] in the ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' franchise.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' films: The Joker and the Scarecrow. Make that ComicBook/TheJoker in all his variations. Sadly, the Scarecrow is rarely as awesome as he was here.
* Many SlasherMovie antagonists, especially Freddy Krueger of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', Jason Voorhees of ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', Michael Myers of ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'', and Ghostface in the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' films ([[MisaimedFandom despite the latter]] [[SpringtimeForHitler starting as a parody of Slasher Movies]]).
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': Hannibal Lecter. He's the {{Trope Namer|s}} for HannibalLecture because he can easily and thoroughly break someone's mind with words alone despite being locked up and interrogated.
* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'': [=HAL 9000=]: "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
* ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'': Pinhead.
* Seeing noble [[Film/LordOfTheRings Aragorn]] as a creepy blond [[TheDevil Lucifer]] in the first of ''Film/TheProphecy'' movies has [[RetroactiveRecognition an added layer]] of creepy awesomeness. Virtually every moment he is on-screen will make your skin crawl and be among the most memorable portions of the movie. He manages to be [[UpToEleven creepier than]] ''Creator/ChristopherWalken''.
* Ditto for ''Film/{{Constantine}}''[='s=] Lucifer, definitely the high point of the film - unless you think it's Constantine [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipping him off]].
* Most of the characters from ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''. Notably Blind Mag, Graverobber and Pavi.
* Creator/RutgerHauer in ''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''Film/TheHitcher''
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'': Frank, the horrifying bunny man who leads Donnie into destructive vandalism. Especially since he actually has good intentions.
-->"I can do whatever I want. And so can you."
* From the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' series: Jigsaw/John Kramer, Amanda Young and Mark Hoffman.
** Billy The Puppet outdoes them all. There's a reason he's the icon of the franchise.
* Anton Chigurh from ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen''.
* Kruger from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''. For instance, he prefers barbecuing chicken and ribs ''with his katana.''
* [[TheFairFolk The Other Mother]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''. To a less creepy extent, the menacing-but-benevolent Cat, voiced by Keith David.
* Darryl Revok, the diabolical telepathic villain of ''Film/{{Scanners}}''. He's basically the reason that actor Michael Ironside has a career.
* The toothy monsters from ''Film/TheDeadlySpawn''. Imagine low-budget Xenomorphs with even more teeth.
* The monster from ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'', especially in its memorable "head spider" form.
* While the works of J.R.R Tolkien already had this trope with the [[WasOnceAMan Nazguls]] in ''Film/LordOfTheRings'', Peter Jackson's adaption of ''Film/TheHobbit'' adds some examples, most famously be showing the [[GreaterScopeVillain Necromancer]][[spoiler: /Sauron]] on-screen, and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Smaug]], the latter proving to be an outright terror thanks to VisualEffectsOfAwesome, and his sheer maliciousness along with his [[EvilSoundsDeep deep voice]], in spite of his allround [[EvilIsHammy hamminess]].
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'':
** [[spoiler:Uploaded Arnim Zola]], who will make your skin crawl off your body and run away with that dead-eyed electronic stare.
** [[ImplacableMan The Winter Soldier]], as well.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' does this with every single supernatural character - Barbossa and his crew of [[GhostPirate cursed undead]] in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first movie]], Davy Jones and his immortal fish people in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second]] and [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third]], and Blackbeard in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth]]. Not to mention...
-->'''Captain Jack Sparrow''': Tia Dalma! You add an appreciable sense of the macabre to any delirium.
** Salazar from ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales Dead Men Tell No Tales]]'' is a ghost pirate whose [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome hair and clothes still float like they're underwater]] and who won't rest until Sparrow is dead. Bonus points for being [[RuleOfSeanConnery played by]] Creator/JavierBardem.
* Due to his unsettling appearance, eccentric behaviour and [[CreepyMonotone way]] [[LargeHam of]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Talken]], actor Creator/ChristopherWalken is very famous because of this trope. And many of his roles tend to be short, but memorable.
* Unsurprisingly, Ultron from ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' definitely gives off this vibe.
-->"You're all puppets. ''Tangled'' in... strings... ''*Seizes damaged Iron Drone by the head*'' ''Strings''. ''*Crush*'' [...] But now I'm free; there are... no strings on me."
* {{Franchise/Terminator}} and it's villains are definitely this, these near unstoppable machines set the standard to how badass technology can get and went over the limit like a boss. In fact Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is also this trope, in and outside his movies due to how intimidating he is even when he's not trying.
* The Indominus Rex from ''Film/JurassicWorld''. She's simultaneously the most dangerous, depraved, sadistic and badass creature in the franchise.
* As a whole the movie, ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberofFleetStreet'' flaunts this trope very deviously. Ironically based on a true story, Sweeney Todd and the cast of troubled Londoners are more than just secretive folk and not in a good way.
* [[BigBad Mola Ram]] from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''. He manages to be one of the most memorable villains of the series even among harder to please fans of the series for how insanely dark he is with his infamous heart rip scene being a significant example of this. Considering his competition includes Nazis, this isn't an easy feat to accomplish.
* Creator/PeterLorre specialized in this trope, to an extent that he's still being imitated and parodied everywhere.
* Quite a few characters from ''Film/KillBill''.
** [[LittleMissBadass Gogo Yubari]], a sadistic schoolgirl who can go toe to toe with the Bride.
** [[LadyOfWar O-Ren Ishii]], the BigBad of the first movie who's elegant and refined, even when slaughtering her enemies.
** [[AxCrazy Elle Driver]], the most terrifying member of the DVAS and source of many [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic lines]].
** [[RetiredBadass Budd]], a former OneManArmy who is the only villain to score a victory against the Bride.

* {{Dracula}}, whose [[Literature/{{Dracula}} self-titled novel]] is largely responsible for launching a vampire fandom that has lasted over a century.
* ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' has Lord Henry and Dorian Gray himself.
* The title character of ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
* Irial from ''Literature/WickedLovely''.
* Mr Teatime from ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''.
* Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Fans have tried to turn the Malfoy family into this, too, but in the actual source material, they're depicted as fairly pathetic and cowardly.
** Barty Crouch Jr., a convicted Death Eater and a cunning actor; when he [[spoiler: pretended to be Alastor Moody to get closer to Harry]], even before his disguise was revealed many (including his own father) despised him.
* Joe Bob Fenestre from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'': The series is full of monsters and villains, but the Masked Mutant, Dr. Brewer, Della, the Lord High Executioner, the Beasts From The East, and Keith really stand out.
* The gods of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, especially Cthulhu himself, have this kind of reputation among their fans.
** The Cthulhu Mythos is literally ''full'' of these; the ones that aren't super powerful, godly Kaiju [[EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations]] [[RecycledInSpace from space]] are [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens sufficiently advanced]] StarfishAliens. And that's not even counting some of the not-so-human humans involved...
* [[ImplacableMan Kiriyama]] of ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' is this in all three versions. He [[LackOfEmpathy mercilessly kills his classmates with no hesitation]] yet has a relatively large fanbase, to the point that even his AxeCrazy film version has his own website that ''worships'' him.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Mapleshade is so crazy that even Tigerstar, the BigBad, is scared of her, goes on murdering sprees at the slightest provocation, looks like a demon in her official artwork, could be sneaking up on the characters to murder them ''at any time you read the books'' because she's invisible to normal characters and nearly-invisible even if you have the power to see her, and is implied to be a cannibal. The fans think she's awesome.
** Sol can MindRape you by walking nearby, is always completely calm except for one nightmarish moment where he lost his temper, has an insatiable desire for vengeance, and is just creepy in general. These things have made him one of the most unique and well-respected antagonists in the series.
* From ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', [[BlackCloak Shadow]] and [[BloodKnight Zwilt the Shade]].
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' has James, Victoria, and especially The Volturi.
* ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' has Logen Ninefingers, a barbarian who's famous for being an absolutely insane BloodKnight; even his own men are put off. [[TortureTechnician Glokta]] has shades of this as well, being quite creepy but also one of the most [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic]] and [[DeadpanSnarker entertaining]] characters in the series.
* Edgar Allen Poe's ''Literature/TheRaven'', a mourning man traumatized by a Raven who repeats throughout the entire poem "Nevermore". Just that one word stained in your mind, is enough to become sympathetic with the man. It gets worse as the man describes his fears, anger and ultimately believing the "Ominous bird of yore" is connected to something completely Hellish.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** Sherlock Holmes keeps a human head in the fridge, eyeballs in the microwave, and is forced to ride home on the Tube when cabs refuse to take him because he's covered in pig blood. Fans love him. He may be [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]], but he's [[UndyingLoyalty very loyal to his best friend.]]
** Moriarty, which is fitting as he's Holmes' ShadowArchetype.
** Charles Augustus Magnusson [[NightmareFuel will make your insides crawl.]] Bonus points for being an entirely different kind of despicable than Moriarty, but no less effective.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' pretty much runs on scares PlayedForLaughs. Everyone in the family is a NightmareFetishist who [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} sees the world rather differently from the rest of us]].
* ''Series/TheMunsters'' takes [[UglyCute creepy cute]] even further, with, for example, Herman (based almost entirely on FrankensteinsMonster) being not only a FatIdiot, but also TheWoobie for being a doting father trying to make a living in a world where his appearance makes nearly everyone he meets [[FantasticRacism terrified of him]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike and Drusilla from season 2, before Spike's BadassDecay.
** Vamp!Willow succeeds in turning Creator/AlysonHannigan into {{squick}}.
** [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Angelus]]. When he's Angel he's the regular kind of awesome instead.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}:'' River Tam, when she's not being a hysterical, crying {{Woobie}} that you just want to hug because of what the Alliance did to her brain, can be one of the most frightening people you can ever meet. And she is also awesome, especially in the Big Damn Movie when she [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]].
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar. A sadistic SerialKiller who's the most intelligent and badass character in the show. Quite a DeadpanSnarker, as well.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** [[MagnificentBastard Ben Linus]] is eerily magnetic when he's on the screen. Easily one of the show's creepiest characters, he's still incredibly [[ManipulativeBastard fun]] [[TheChessmaster to watch]] and can even come off as [[JerkassWoobie downright sympathetic]] at [[ADayInTheLimelight the right moment]].
** The Man In Black, to its fans.
%%* A few characters on ''Series/{{Oz}}''.
%%* Papa Lazarou of ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' has Cameron. Cold, logical, and frighteningly efficient at what she does, and is scary as hell, but she is without a doubt the most huggable emotionless killer deathbot ever.
* Of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the Borg. Lore probably counts too.
* Scorpius is a huge fan favorite from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' despite looking like [[http://farscape.wikia.com/wiki/Scorpius this]] largely because he's a badass MagnificentBastard.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Daleks are AbsoluteXenophobe {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s who enslave, torture and kill billions with glee, and have been ''adored'' for fifty years and counting.
** [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou The Weeping Angels]] and [[AmnesiaDanger the Silence]] are both intense psychological horrors built on ParanoiaFuel and FridgeHorror, and loved for it.
** The Doctor himself frequently displays unsettling behaviour to remind the audience that he's literally inhuman, but is not less heroic for it. [[TheNthDoctor The Fourth Doctor]] especially, helped along by Tom Baker's terrifying grin, but he's still the most iconic incarnation of the Doctor.
* [[EnsembleDarkhorse Snafu]] from ''Series/ThePacific''. He throws pebbles into a Japanese soldier's blown-open head, pries out their gold teeth and has major personal space issues with the other Marines, but fandom adores him because he's fascinating to watch and develops a [[HoYay very sweetly protective friendship]] with [[TheWoobie Eugene.]] Full-out acknowledged by actor Creator/RamiMalek in a radio interview:
-->'''Interviewer:''' You were ''creepy'' in that show, dude!\\
'''Rami:''' ''(good-naturedly)'' I think I'm creepy in everything.
* [[BloodKnight Captain Ronald Speirs]] from ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', due to him having gunned down several German [=POWs=] and shot one of his own men for disobedience. The example works in-universe as well, since men of Easy Company think him awesome yet terrifying.
* [[CreepyChild Mordred]] from ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.
* Lord Varys, "The Spider", from ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Partly helped by the fact that he's actually one of the more principled characters around, in contrast to a few villains; his principles just aren't altruistic.
** Pyat Pree.
** The White Walkers.
** Jaqen's idiosyncratic speech patterns, including his use of third person, contribute a lot to his memorable character.
** The supposed Night's King of the White Walkers for his Darth Maul get up.
* Jade West from ''Series/{{Victorious}}''.
* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. This is the guy who considers {{Satan}} to be a bratty child with daddy issues.
** Azazel, Alastair, and Abaddon have all been big hits with fans, despite (or because of) their unsettlingness on screen.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'':
** All of the Lodge Spirits edge into this, to various extents. The best example of this is probably [[LittlePeopleAreSurreal The Man From Another Place]], since [[BigBad BOB]] is ''too'' creepy to be awesome, while The Man is one of the show's most recognizable characters.
** Supporting villain Windom Earle edges into this, being a somewhat campy criminal genius with occasional moments of outright horror.
* Myrtle Snow in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', who [[spoiler:[[EyeScream gouges out the eyes]] of her fellow council members as revenge for having her [[BurnTheWitch burnt at the stake]] and to repair the eyesight of blinded Cordelia, then disposes of the bodies in acid, ensuring they won't come BackFromTheDead.]]
* Father Jack from ''Series/FatherTed'' is this to a comical level. Jack spends his time being grouchy, alcohol obsessed or just plain hateful. He's a creepy old man with hilarious one-liners and freaky habits with a very disgruntled appearance suitable towards his role.
* Grant Ward from ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' is pretty damn creepy due to his sociopathic tendencies and excellent ability to completely mask his personality, but he's also a skilled combatant on par with Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Brock Rumlow in terms of skill.
* [[spoiler: Dark Emma]] from ''Series/OnceUponaTime'' season 5.
* Quite a few main villains from ''Series/PowerRangers''. [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Lord Zedd]], [[Series/PowerRangersinSpace Astronema]], [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Trakeena]], [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Ransik]], [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Master Org]], [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Mesogog]], [[Series/PowerRangersSPD Emperor Grumm]], [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Venjix]], [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Decker & Serrator]] and [[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Heckyl/Snide]] are just a few.
* [[DarkActionGirl Helena]] from ''Series/OrphanBlack''. An [[BadassAdorable adorable]] yet [[AxCrazy psychotic]] religious [[spoiler:serial killer of other clones. Yet, she undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and becomes an UnscrupulousHero and CreepyGood little sister.]]

* HeavyMetal as a whole is this to an art form. Sometimes it's the lyrics, and sometimes it's the music itself.
** More extreme genres of metal take this UpToEleven, of course. Acts who are particularly good at this include Music/{{Meshuggah}}, Music/DeathspellOmega, Music/{{Gorguts}}, Music/TheAxisOfPerdition, Music/FearFactory, Music/{{Cryptopsy}}, Music/{{Watain}}, Music/AnaalNathrakh, Music/BlutAusNord, Music/SunnO, and Music/CattleDecapitation.
* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbtZyuOMdHI "Climbing Up The Walls"]]. A song written from the perspective of something living in the mind of a SerialKiller, sung in a slurred, eerily distorted voice over heavy guitars, dissonant strings and creepy, abrasive electronics. It's also a fan favorite.
** Radiohead in general, really. ''Music/KidA'' in particular is basically a whole ''album'' of this. There is something very unsettling and simply ''[[BrownNote off]]'' about the whole album, but it's one of the most acclaimed albums of the last twenty years for a very good reason.
* Most of the {{Industrial}} genre, in particular the abrasive early acts like Throbbing Gristle and SPK.
* Dark Ambient music, especially the subgenre known as Isolationism.
* ''Music/{{Lordi}}''. [[Music/KayfabeBand When in character]], they wear very disturbing [[ManInARubberSuit monster costumes]] 24/7.
* Somehow, the Franchise/EvilliousChronicles' [[VillainousGlutton Conchita]] has become a favorite of the fans, despite that she's a psychotic [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal]]. Hell, Music/{{Mothy}} himself has released a huge amount of remixes for her song, and she possesses a character in Story of Evil.
* Music/{{Buckethead}}. He is a somewhat spooky looking guitarist, with a white mask and some creepy interests and gimmicks. A lot of his music also falls into this category, since he often draws inspiration from the horror genre.
* Music/AliceCooper, probably the first musician to do this.
* Music/TomWaits is always awesome, and sometimes creepy.
* Music/{{Muse}}'s song "Micro Cuts." Eerie high pitched singing and ominous lyrics make it creepy. However the singing is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in itself and the shredding riff at the end is definitely epic as well.
* [[Music/SystemOfADown Daron Malakian]] has this reputation. You could also apply this trope to a number of SOAD's songs.
* Music/{{Merzbow}}. Who else could combine HellIsThatNoise and AwesomeMusic so effectively?
* Music/HuskerDu’s “The Tooth Fairy and the Princess.” A psychedelic, MindScrew-inducing mix of backwards and forwards guitars playing fairly dissonant riffs with Bob Mould whispering “wake up” and chanting slogans like “Don’t give up, don’t let go, don’t give in, don’t let up” – it is the stuff of nightmares, and in fact, it is actually designed to indicate that the main character of the ConceptAlbum it appears on is having a nightmare. At the same time, it’s also really fucking beautiful. And it is awesome.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Many memorable monsters qualify here, but some are more scarier than others most notably; Vampires, Zombies, Ghosts, Wraiths, Skeletons, Demons, Liches and finally Grudges.
* The many depictions of Death would obviously be seen this way. The most common (and frankly cliché) depiction of Death is TheGrimReaper. Early artwork of the Middle Ages shows our skeletal friend at his most sinister.
* [[TheLegionsofHell Hell]] full of bad souls, Demons, fire and brimstone. Only the Devil and his minions could possibly enjoy such a place of torture.
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, the Greeks believed that the Underworld was especially morbid, oddly enough Hades himself is not. The River Styx is the main entrance to the Underworld, riding a boat rowed by a cloaked Skeleton while having sad and tortured souls wailing at you, is something Hercules himself wouldn't recommend doing casually.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}:
** "The Boogeyman" was originally supposed to be a {{heel}}, but he became so popular with the fans that WWE had no choice but to turn him {{face}}. Didn't stop him from chewing on earthworms and spitting them in his opponents' faces.
** Wrestling/TheUndertaker practically runs on creepy awesome, and, even if one says that that is no longer the case, it definitely was in the early to late 90's.
** Wrestling/{{Kane}} perpetually sits here, whether he's a face or a heel, masked or unmasked. He's worked every creepy aspect imaginable with his character, and nearly every one of them he's worked to perfection.
* [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] plops firmly into this in his heel role, what with the leering, lecherous stare, the fascination with serpents, the happy admittance that he's a [[JustForPun lying snake]], and his semi-disheveled appearance would put him just as equally in an alleyway wearing nothing but a trenchcoat and sneakers. When he's a face though, he's a [[CrazyAwesome different kind]] of awesome.
* The Brood. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-T2rTgvmbchttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-T2rTgvmbc Their entrance]] anyway.
* Wrestling/TheWyattFamily are a trio of AxCrazy cultists led by a DarkMessiah who systematically destroy everything in their path. The fans ''adore'' them, not only because they're quite good at wrestling, but also because Bray Wyatt is an ''amazing'' actor.
* [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]], before he became [[LighterAndSofter family-friendly]].
* [[EvilClown Heel]] [[Wrestling/DoinkTheClown Doink]]. His [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhRnWMBcNQQ entrance theme]] helped emphasize this.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''MagicTheGathering'': Phyrexia and New Phyrexia. The most dangerous yet enjoyable BigBad in the game's story? Check. MechanicalLifeforms? Check. Loads of horror? Check. The bigger part of the fandom [[RootingForTheEmpire prefers them to the heroes?]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Checkmate]].
* This is part of the appeal of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', in addition to RuleOfCool and CrazyAwesome, with [[TheCorruption Chaos]], [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]], and [[NightmareFetishist Dark Eldar]] at the top of the scale.
* The Excrucians in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' are extremely popular with virtually everyone from the author down, despite being creepily pretty HumanoidAbomination {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s with eyes full of night and the death of stars.

* Death from ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}''. Stalks our heroine all her life, trying to get her to die? Check. Convinces her son to commit suicide? Check. One of the most popular characters in the show? Check.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' as a whole. Sander Cohen, Dr. Steinman, The Splicers, Big Daddies...
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' has Songbird, the Luteces, Handymen, Daisy Fitzroy, Comstock, The Boys of Silence, [[OverlyLongGag etc, etc]].
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock'': SHODAN wo-wo-would like[-ke-][--ke--] to be m-m-mentioned, insect.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'':
** [[TheSpymaster Vulpes Inculta]] and [[BloodKnight Legate Lanius]]. Both with excellent dialogue and fitting voices.
** Ulysses is incredibly unsettling, but there's no denying his coolness.
** Joshua Graham's gravelly grating growl and flame-grilled skin are also rather unsettling. Not as creepy as the others are, but definitely unsettling.
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'': Pyramid Head.
* [[TheUnfettered Roirr]] from ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' certainly counts. Every time he's on screen, he's either [[MindRape Mind Raping]] someone, [[BodySurf taking over people's bodies to prolong his life,]] [[LiquidAssets killing off hundreds of people at once and absorbing them for sustenance,]] or just generally being unsettling to see in action. He's absolutely obsessed with [[CompleteImmortality living forever,]] and if he has to kill millions of people and anyone unlucky enough to cross his path, [[LogicalExtreme well...]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** [[MonsterClown Kefka]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. Despite his actions, he's one of the most popular characters in the whole series.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Sephi]][[BigBad roth]].
* Jester from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''.
* Giygas of ''VideoGame/EarthBound''.
* Generally, if a ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' villain fits this trope, it has a good chance of rising above the others in popularity. Zero/Zero Two and Marx Soul are the most prominent examples.
** Kirby himself can fall into this category. He devours sentient living creatures to absorb their powers, which range from setting foes on fire to slicing them into bits to outright BodyHorror.
* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'': Alma, the oddly, creepily adorable little girl who boils peoples' flesh off, destroys buildings, and [[spoiler:rapes the protagonist.]]
* [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Sover]][[SapientShip eign]]]] from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. One conversation with him is one of the most memorable parts of the game. To a lesser extent, Saren and the Collectors.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' is made what it is by [=GLaDOS=]'s somewhat off personality, turning a puzzle game with a fun gimmick into a storm of [[MemeticMutation memorable]] quotes. ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' even more so, [=GLaDOS=] going all out on the endearingly creepy threats.
* ''Franchise/DotHack'':
** Skeith. ThatOneBoss, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name To Run Away From Really Fast]], TheGrimReaper motif, creepy theme music, fan favorite. Skeith was so popular that he was made playable in the sequel.
** Azure Kite, being essentially a zombified version of the first game's protagonist that is practically invincible and attacks people with no apparent provocation. Being a major badass probably helps.
** [[spoiler:Haseo]], resident PsychoForHire in SIGN with some AmnesiacDissonance.
* Ridley of ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''. Even the one person who seems a legitimate threat to him, the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy, who takes on entire planets full of parasitic horrors, is terrified of him. [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons And he's a dragon]], which automatically makes him cool.
* Albedo, the crazy, regenerating, EvilAlbino from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''. If you didn't get into the series because of KOS-MOS, chances are you got into it because of him.
* Creepers, the horrible kamikaze shrubs from ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', are quite popular with the fanbase precisely because they're paranoia-inducing abominations.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The eponymous villain of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Scaring the pants off of the fans is the main reason people remember it, even though it [[GenericDoomsdayVillain had next to no personality]].
** From ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', Zant. Midna is a heroic example.
** Ghirahim in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''. He comes off as incredibly frightening despite, or maybe even ''because'' of, his campy lines. Ties in with CrazyAwesome.
* [[spoiler:Irisu/"Alice"]], the heroine of ''VideoGame/IrisuSyndrome''. Certainly doesn't come across as such at first glance. She appears to be a meek, quiet girl with a thing for bunnies and who likes cosplaying as a witch/maid. In reality, [[spoiler:when she was very young someone killed her pet rabbit, leaving its decapitated head for her to find topping the pile of gore, which ''[[BrokenBird broke]]'' something inside her, mentally and spiritually. She's now a drug addicted serial killer who thinks nothing of murdering a group of people so the boy she's stalking will have time to pursue his own psychosis.]] And, oh, how the fandom loves her for it.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has The Forsaken.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has the Zerg, especially [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Sarah Kerrigan]].
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'':
** [[AliceAllusion Alice]] is a small, innocent girl in a blue dress who will happily scamper around highly dangerous locales in search for a friend. [[spoiler:She's an [[CameBackWrong undead]] HumanoidAbomination gifted with enough raw magical power to murder everything, and an astounding lack of understanding on exactly why it's not commonly appreciated to torture, kill and eat your friends.]]
** Most of the demons and angels.
* [[MadScientist Relius Clover]] and [[DarkIsNotEvil Ragna the Bloodedge]] of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''.
* Unsurprisingly, the CrapsackWorld of VideoGame/DarkSouls has many of these. Even the player character looks like a starved corpse [[ContinuingIsPainful after you die a few times.]]
** Other characters in Dark Souls who fit the bill include Gravelord Nito, Artorias the Abysswalker, and Yhorm the Giant.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':
** Boethiah sounds like a combination of a crotchety old lady and [[BloodKnight the general of the army of Hell itself]], and has a perpetually-dark shrine high on the side of a mountain which is filled with anarcho-nihilist cultists, huge bonfires, burned corpses, ancient architecture, random blood splatters, and one badass statue.
** Mora appears ([[EldritchAbomination as a swirling void of purple and black, or a green void of eyes and tentacles]] if you have the ''Dragonborn'' DLC installed) to you in a hollowed-out iceberg where a lunatic's made his home, and names you his champion in an AffablyEvil voice before explaining that he is the lord of all knowledge and discovery. And the artifact he gives you is widely considered to be one of the best in the game.
*** Also within the ''Dragonborn'' DLC you'll come across, Miraak your Dragonborn predecessor. Miraak's role is to be Skyrim's version of Darth Vader, forget Alduin this arrogant character is way more threatening and impressive than another Dragon to slay.
** Cicero is obsessed with his "Mother" ([[spoiler:actually the Night Mother, the dead/undead? leader of the Dark Brotherhood]]), is not above casual murder as per his membership in the Dark Brotherhood, dresses, talks, and dances like an unhinged jester, and is a fan favorite specifically because of that.
** The Dragonborn can become this if he/she chose to become either a Conjuration Mage, an Assassin (Dark Brotherhood), and especially if you chose to be a Vampire from the Dawnguard DLC.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', [[BigBad Mephiles]]. Not only does his appearance [[KnightOfCerebus creep up the atmosphere]], but Creator/DanGreen's highly [[EvilIsHammy over-the-top]] performance manages to be [[NarmCharm cheesy, creepy, and awesome]] all at once.
* Uboa (and maybe Madotsuki, too) from ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''
* Alex Mercer of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' is a shapeshifting, superhuman monstrosity, who is trying to piece together his damaged memories... by killing dozens upon dozens of people and consuming their intelligence. [[EvilVersusEvil He's still]] [[CrapsackWorld the closest thing]] [[AntiHero the game has to a hero]].
* Colonel Jade Curtiss from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss.'' He's [[spoiler:the MadDoctor who invented fomicry, and, using this science, created the game's BonusBoss HumanoidAbomination]]. He mutated his own body multiple times - including fusing a spear with his arm and altering his eyes so they increased his skill with fonic artes and [[RedEyesTakeWarning turned red]]. He's a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who killed small animals as a child. His own sister calls him a monster. But he's also, without question, the game's [[DeadpanSnarker king of comedy,]] absolutely [[ColonelBadass badass]], rather pretty and elegant, extremely well voice-acted in [[Creator/TakehitoKoyasu both]] [[Creator/KirkThornton languages,]] and overall an EnsembleDarkhorse to be reckoned with.
* The Hydra from ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 3''. Not only does it look really intimidating and impressive, but even before the game starts, it ''slaughters'' every one of the Dynasty, Samurai, and Original characters aside from a small handful. It's practically invincible until the end game, and all attempts to take it down beforehand will be met with miserable failure.
* [[EvilSorcerer Kerghan the Terrible]], First of the {{Necromancer}}s from ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum|OfSteamworksAndMagickObscura}}''. His magic has transformed hin into a HumanoidAbomination, he once commanded undead legions [[spoiler:and plans to do so again [[OmnicidalManiac to end all life in Arcanum]]]]. Then there's [[EvilSoundsDeep his]] [[VoiceOfTheLegion voice]] as he [[spoiler:[[TheReveal tells the Living One of his plans]]]].
* The entire cast of ''VideoGame/TheBlackHeart''. All creepy, all awesome - all playable!
* The Servant Grunt is pretty much the face of ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''.
* While the protagonists of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series are rather well-liked in general, perhaps the most distinct character in the series is the Nemesis T-Type from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis''. He's tall, imposing, tough-as-nails, extremely persistent and ''so loved'' by the fans that he became a bonus character in ''VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3''.
** Speaking of Resident Evil. Albert Wesker also qualifies, he's malevolent, cruel, smug and even more dangerous than the mindless Zombies he creates. Indeed any fan of the series, would tell you that Wesker belongs here especially when he goes overboard in his plans.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** No-one in [[FantasyKitchenSink Gensoukyou]] really knows if Yuuka Kazami really is the genocidal maniac she claims to be or if her claims about the earlier claim being part of her "daily teasing" are true. No-one really dares to find out, either. In a setting where [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway even the most useless ability]] [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower gets pushed to its logical applicational extreme]], Yuuka's ability to "[[GreenThumb manipulate flowers]]" is limited to stuff like making them bloom and/or turn towards the sun... but in this setting {{Youkai}} also get StrongerWithAge, and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Yuuka]] [[TimeAbyss is strongly implied to be one of the oldest Youkai]] ''[[WorldsStrongestMan period]]''.
** Flandre Scarlet is a [[CheerfulChild cheerful and cute little girl]] who appears to be around 10 years old, but is actually a 495+ year old vampire who has developed some rather [[AxCrazy unnerving]] [[NoSocialSkills character]] [[CreepyCute traits]] [[MadwomanInTheAttic after having been locked up in the Scarlet Mansion's basement her entire life]]. This is a method of protection her older sister devised, as Flandre has the explicit ability to destroy ''anything'' at will by automatically transfering the object's "eye" (described as the target's point of highest pressure) to her hand and crushing it. She also [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Does Not Know Her Own Strength]], which might lead her to accidentally breaking toys, furniture and living beings. She's kind of a fan favorite in the fandom.
** Yukari Yakumo's special ability allows her to open "gaps" into a black void filled with eyes (and in some portrayals, arms that reach out of her gaps). Yukari is also a high-class RealityWarper, bordering on godhood, and TheChessmaster behind almost all major events in Gensoukyou's history, including its creation.
* Several ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. Some of the most prevalent ones are [[LivingShadow Gengar]], [[AxCrazy Hydreigon]], [[MergerOfSouls Spiritomb]], [[MasterOfIllusion Zoroark]], [[BigCreepyCrawlies Drapion]], [[{{Psychopomp}} Gourgeist]], [[CreepyDoll Banette]], [[BloodKnight Mewtwo]], [[SatanicArchetype Giratina]], [[TheHyena Toxicroak]], [[DarkisNotEvil Darkrai]], [[StarfishAlien Deoxys]], [[TheHypnotoad Malamar]], [[KnightOfCerebus Yveltal]], [[PrehistoricMonster Genesect]], and [[LovecraftLite the Ultra Beasts]].
** Team Magma Admin Courtney in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby]]'' behaves and talks in a robotic way and is a clear {{Yandere}}. She's also one of the biggest [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ensemble Darkhorses]] in the game.
** The Ghost type Pokémon are practically designed to be this trope.
* Malefor from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' trilogy. He doesn't appear on screen outside of few murals until the third game, but when he does, he proves every bit the terror he was built up as. Not only does he nearly cause the apocalypse, he does a BreakThemByTalking routine that almost breaks Spyro's will to fight.
* [[TheTease Juri Han]] from ''VideoGame/SuperStreetFighterIV'' is one woman almost every character fears (or should fear). Based on a spider, she's sadistic, erotic and almost charming. Besides the disturbing qualities, playing as Juri is often both rewarding and amusing (yes even in... [[LoveHungry those]] categories).
* From ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Cole is basically {{Mind Rape}}-incarnate, with his ability to reach into people's minds and find their most painful memories. He has a bad tendency of blurting out what he senses and bringing up memories best left forgotten, which seriously creeps out many of his companions. Despite this, fans like him because of his earnest desire to help people and general kindness.
* Every single one of the murderous animatronics from ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''. The fanbase tends to separate into those who think of them as this and those who prefer a DracoInLeatherPants interpretation of their bloodthirstiness.
** Both the [[NightmareFuel creepy]] and awesome parts of the trope are turned UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4''. All the animatronics are damaged, giving them an almost undead-like and utterly horrifying appearance... And revealing thick metal endoskeletons, brutal weaponized claws and [[ScaryTeeth fangs]], [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing mechanical eyes]], and unique features for each of them, from legions of CreepyCute {{Mini Mook}}s to CombatTentacles or [[SkeleBot9000 human organs]].
* Trevor Philips of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' is this. This sociopathic, maniacal and psychotic... Canadian is ironically the most vicious of the three main characters. Often he gets ominous rumours about how unstable he is and half the time the rumours are TRUE!
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Psycho Mantis literally introduced this to the series, his legacy of mind raping spans from predicting how you play, to even what games you saved plus making your controller vibrate is ominous enough. Screaming Mantis from the fourth sequel served as a female tribute to him but lived up to the originals level of weirdness.
** The Beauty and the Beast Group demonstrates how all [[Main/FourTemperamentEnsemble four temperaments]] can share a spot in this trope.
** In the third game, Naked Snake faces the Cobra Unit. Although all the members can qualify it is The Sorrow and The End who takes this trope to its full potential. The End is nothing but an old man with an incredible aim using his sniper his fight is suppose to induce paranoia. While The Sorrow's role was to make you feel guilty, and taking peoples lives is never a good thing.
** Finally from the fifth game, comes the Parasite Unit aka The Skulls. You'd think a game like Metal Gear wouldn't introduce an overused concept like Zombies and Horror? Well...think again.
* The ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' Series is solely created to be this if not a little over the top. The Zombie Aliens known as Necromorphs, attack and kill in such disgusting ways just the image of recreating these deaths could make even a fully grown man wet themselves. A game packed with jump scares, mystery and intense fear that will keep you awake at night.
* The ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' Series has many freaky characters that can qualify here. But Mileena is this [[UpToEleven to a monstrous level]], don't be deceived by her figure cause "skin deep" (and face) she's a genetic abomination.
** Reptile gets a special mention too. a humanoid lizard with abilities like invisibility and producing acid as a form of fluid is disgusting yet useful, capable of turning people into fizzing corpses...ouch!
* Metal Sonic from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. While Sonic himself always appears welcoming and hip, Metal Sonic...is not. Perhaps Sonic's most threatening villain, Metal Sonic is the video game version of the Terminator, his appearance always looks blood-thirsty, and with the same abilities as Sonic himself this cold-hearted, robotic monstrosity really puts his creator to shame.
* [[TheDreaded Agent 47]] from ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}''. Revered as one of the videogame world's most dangerous assassins, 47 kills with [[TheStoic less emotion than a shark]]. Comedy is dead to him, and many unfortunate contracts are as well.
* Scarecrow in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', and ''[[TookALevelInBadass especially]]'' in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', manages to top every single appearance he's ever made before and is probably the single most terrifying iteration of the character yet. His "Nightmare Sequences" in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' were considered highlights of the game. He then curiously missed the next two games, before returning as the BigBad of ''Arkham Knight'', where he's become a full-fledged MagnificentBastard, unleashing destruction on Gotham that not even the Joker was able to do before and managing to claim the honor of being the first villain in any piece of media ''ever'' to [[spoiler:reveal Batman's true identity to the world]]. Not to mention [[Creator/JohnNoble the voice]].
* Racter in ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong''. One of your party members, he has creepy portrait with a reedy cigarette and a [[AceCustom custom drone]] with animal-level intelligence and way too many sharp claws. He is also constantly civil, if a bit unsettling due to [[spoiler:being, canonically, [[TheSociopath a diagnosed sociopath]], though a [[MoralSociopathy sophisticated and high-functioning one]]]], and has some very interesting and unconventional views on {{transhumanism}} and the future of humanity.
* Dr Nefarious from the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, a maniacally cranky villain with a terribly short-fused temper all built into one twisted robotic genius. As Captain Quark's arch-nemesis (and eventually Ratchet and Clank's) Nefarious has serious racist issues against "Squishies" for he considers all robotic kind superior to biological life forms. However every now and then his system malfunctions, which is among his more comical scenes during the series.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''
** Flowey, a FoulFlower with a penchant for {{Slasher Smile}}s, has a large number of fans for his scheming personality, [[spoiler:messing with the game itself, and his badass design as a FinalBoss]].
** [[spoiler:The Amalgamates]], combining the features of several [[spoiler:undead]] monsters into highly disturbing ''somethings'' that may or may not be suffering through worse than hell. They are only encountered during True Pacifist in one of the [[BleakLevel bleakest areas of the entire game]], are mostly not quite easy and definitely creepy to fight, and in at least one case [[ArsonMurderAndLifesaving really cuddly]].
* ''VideoGame/Fallout4'': Various enemies such as Deathclaws, Super Mutant Suiciders and the many varieties of Assaultrons have all proven to be paranoia-inducing foes due to their over-powering one-shot killing features.
** The Glowing Sea would also qualify, an ominous and unwelcoming land smoked by gassy green radiation and thunderstorms. Of course the player gets warned not to venture there unless it's absolutely necessary.
** [[MalevolentMaskedMen The Disciples]] from the Nuka World DLC, make a living from this trope. They enjoy killing freely as if it wasn't a crime, in fact they are soo callous about it, remains of their previous victims are scattered around their hideout.
* ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'': Monika is [[spoiler:a {{Yandere}}... for [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou the player]]. Not the character you're playing as, ''you''.]] She gets a lot of love from the fanbase in large part due to her [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds tragic circumstances]], [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor inappropriate puns]], creepy glitching motif, and having the kind of personality you [[DissonantSerenity wouldn't]] [[AffablyEvil expect]] from a character like her.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has a few in-universe examples:
** Strong Bad considers Cardgage this, but no one else does. He’s definitely creepy, being an insane RealityWarper who seems to lust after every male character he meets, and who [[spoiler: recently cursed the main characters for life]] but Strong Bad is convinced that Cardgage is the coolest person he knows, to the point where he wants to be adopted by Cardgage.
** Large Bean is Strong Bad’s attempt to create a new iconic slasher-movie character, and definitely tries to invoke this, but fails, due to being a dude with a bean for a head.
%%* The eponymous ''WebAnimation/SaladFingers''.
%%* Flippy from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''.
* The Meta from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Take a vicious psychopath, give it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXUZz1mRIkY one of the most menacing]] {{Leitmotif}}s in history, a host of creepy AI that whisper amongst themselves, a sinister "voice" that's really a creepy set of animalistic hisses and growls and make it a ruthless, inhuman assassin. Got that? Good, Now, make this guy a brilliant GeniusBruiser, a [[TheJuggernaut virtually]] [[ImplacableMan unkillable]] {{Determinator}}, and one of the biggest badasses in the series. Congratulations, you've just created one of the most [[KnightOfCerebus memorable]] and [[TheDreaded menacing]] villains in internet history. His controlling ArtificialIntelligence, [[MagnificentBastard Sigma]], manages to be even creepier once we meet him in person, mostly to the performance of Elijah Wood.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Cinder Fall, thanks to a surprisingly chilling performance by Creator/JessicaNigri, a well-known cosplayer. Being formally introduced in Season 1's finale with fiery GlowingEyesOfDoom really helps, too.
** Neopolitan acts cutesy and elegantly, even when curbstomping Yang into unconsciousness, whimsically dancing and somersaulting around the fist-fighter while silently egging her on with mocking smiles. Once Yang is on the ground and unconscious, however, Neo casually strolls over to her, drawing out a hidden blade from her parasol. She raises the blade with the intention of stabbing Yang with a wide, creepy grin that shows all her teeth. She appears to be a mute, so her body language is often exaggerated and focussed on mocking her opponents as if to accuse them of being incompetent for not being able to hit such a tiny, vulnerable-looking girl. Given the chance to do violence, however, she seems to take a visibly vicious delight in drawing her blade.
%% ** It certainly didn't take long for Salem to become this. Given that she looks thoroughly [[HumanoidAbomination otherworldly]], and has one heck of a villainous monologue delivered by Jen Taylor.
%% ** Tyrian is AxCrazy, can barely talk without breaking into [[LaughingMad insane laughter]] and utterly [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps]] team RNJR in a fight. The reveal that he is [[spoiler: a Scorpion Faunus]] only increases the creepiness factor.
* WebAnimation/{{Cyriak}}. Seriously, this guy ''excells'' in making incredibly [[DerangedAnimation bizarre]] and [[NightmareFuel terrifying]] videos.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Ethan. He is an AxCrazy hammy sadist who acts like he's completely off his nut, yet at the same time, manages to keep his head because he is ObfuscatingInsanity. He's also a zombie sorcerer who can morph the terrain around him, and the son to a skeletal EvilOverlord.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Zimmy of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' looks like a StringyHairedGhostGirl, has creepy eyes, [[JerkAss no manners]], has been called a demon ''by other supernatural antagonists'', [[MadScientist creates microscopic abominations]], and can send you to a terrifying place that can MindRape you and steal your soul. Fortunately her best friend and PowerNullifier Gamma has helped stave off an evil breakdown.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Terezi Pyrope, at least initially. She is probably the single largest NightmareFuelStationAttendant in the comic; she was practically introduced by trying to kill [[TheHero John]] and succeeding in a BadFuture, though she admitted that she was well aware it wouldn't actually work out. Then came Act 5, and with it context and character development aplenty, where it was proved that as trolls go she is probably one of the most pleasant. Even before then, she is one of the most popular characters in the fandom, though that may be more related to her more positive development.
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** Pretty much all the seemingly ObviouslyEvil ([[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Vriska]], [[FantasticRacism Eridan]]) or {{squick}}y ([[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Equ]][[FantasticRacism ius]]) trolls once we [[CharacterDevelopment got to know them better]].
** [[spoiler:Gamzee]] approached this trope from a different direction: first we knew him as a rather laid-back guy, ''then'' he turned into a Creepy Awesome SlasherMovie [[spoiler:MonsterClown]] villain.
* Whisper from ''Webcomic/CrimsonDark'' - imagine someone deliberately turning an almost-burned-to-death teenage girl into a combination of a Franchise/{{Terminator}} and [[Series/{{Firefly}} River Tam, who's snarkier than Zoe]], and perhaps a bit of a CloudCuckoolander. Now, imagine that girl ''[[{{Squick}} poking around inside a dead guy's brain for info and entertainment]]'' -- and actually [[RuleOfCool getting something useful out of it!]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': The [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p37 Nasaghasts]]. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p55 Sweet mercy...]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p56 the Nasaghasts]]. Dr. [=McNinja=] upgraded from the last time we saw a ghost, which was basically a sheet with a mustach and a wizard's hat, into flying death astronauts that you cannot escape from. The Nasaghasts...
-->'''Chuck Goodrich:''' I can hear them whispering... they say I'll be okay... they're mad you thought putting on the suit would trick them...\\
'''Dr. [=McNinja=]:''' ''[in a panic]'' I wasn't trying to trick them! I would never try to trick a ghost!
* Red from ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked''. [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-45.html Very,]] [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-04.html very,]] [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-47.html creepy.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'':
** When the Erlkönig [[YourDoorWasOpen "broke into" the home]] of his son [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]], cast a BloodMagic {{Depower}} spell on him in his sleep, and then twisted the world into a LotusEaterMachine the audience reaction was: "''Awwww!'' That's kinda nice, in a terrifying [[TheFairFolk Fae lord]] way!". The guy is also a MagnificentBastard. Jareth's SuperpoweredEvilSide counts too (TheFatalist LargeHam FairFolk FourthWallObserver, just truly and deeply alien[[note]]He told the heroic characters that it's their fault that a villain is needed in the narrative so "fight or die" and he meant it.[[/note]]) and helps that his normal personality is a lovable JerkassWoobie.
** Erik already had this in [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera his original canon]], but he takes it to the next level by [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-475-Call-Out-509773374 threatening]] the AnthropomorphicPersonification of [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality Narrative Causality]] itself. [[spoiler: He was bluffing for time, but that doesn't make the imagery any less impressive.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': Aside from being the AnthropomorphicPersonification of a black hole, Black Hole is a MagnificentBastard who effortlessly plays ''everyone'' into furthering her plans. That she's a FauxAffablyEvil HumanoidAbomination with {{Lovecraftian Superpower}}s who terrifies the other characters just as much as she does the audience just makes her even cooler.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* It is hard to describe but this definitely applies to the [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]]. Mind you, fans still treat him like pure terror but he's also quite popular precisely because of his uniquely subtle, yet terrifying creepiness.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': A number of [SCPs, notably [[OmnicidalManiac 6]][[NighInvulnerable 8]][[HumansThroughAlienEyes 2]] and [[BloodKnight "Able"]].
* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' has Black Lantern Spoony. [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2010/12/21/final-fantasy-x-finale-coming-soon/ Just take a look at this trailer.]]
* Viceroy from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdZ2spVfINE Chadam]].
* Mr. Fox in ''WebVideo/RegularOrdinarySwedishMealTime''.
* Carmilla of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. She combines BodyHorror, CombatTentacles, and EldritchAbomination. She's a lust demon whose touch kills the grass she walks on. And there's a prophecy that her spawn will some day wipe humanity from this planet.
* Quite a large number of the various side characters in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''. Perhaps the most obvious would be The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home. As creepy and ''inhuman'' as she is, she's also ''really funny''. (Also, she would like your wi-fi password.)
* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'':
** Clarota a mindflayer that joins Vox Machina while they're in the Underdark, is very well liked despite the fact that he's a {{Cthulhumanoid}} and his species literally eats brains to survive.
** People are also really love to hate the Briarwoods -- even the players admit that, while they're terrifying, they're also [[EvilIsSexy kinda hot]]
** As of the third arc, Percy starts going this route. He's always been a bit of a CrazyAwesome GadgeteerGenius, but the after the [[BerserkButton Briarwoods' return]] he starts [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing captives]], HearingVoices and, at one point, literally [[NightmareFuel transforming into demonic smoke.]]
* Tamara in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/TheWickerMan2006'' is a SlasherSmile ManipulativeBitch UncannyValleyGirl who tortures him, but said torturing him gets her a job because views go up when he's in pain.
* Rackaracka's personification of [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]] distorts the iconic clown into a psychotic mess of a human being. A true badass to the name, Ronald is hilariously dark and sickening tackling themes like advertising and drug abuse with as much vulgar as possible.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This trope owes ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' some serious money. It's easier to list the villains who ''don't'' qualify for this trope - but we're going to list the ones who do regardless.
** Clayface, whose shapeshifting transformation powers are [[ParanoiaFuel unnerving]], [[BodyHorror gross]], and [[AwesomeArt beautifully animated.]]
** Two-Face's design in this show was the first to use the half black/half white [[BadassInANiceSuit business suit]] look, and it's safe to say that the character has [[EvilIsCool never looked better.]]
** The Joker. Full stop. Credit to the creators for taking into account an [[ExecutiveMeddling executive mandate]] (that the Joker couldn't kill anyone on the show) and using it to come up with the horrifying [[SlasherSmile "Joker smile"]] gas, which is actually ''[[BodyHorror much]] [[AndIMustScream worse.]]'' Not to mention Creator/MarkHamill's legendary voice acting, which has become so iconic that pretty much every other actor to portray the character since has fallen into one of two categories: "trying to do Mark Hamill" or "not even bothering to try and compete with Mark Hamill."
** Scarface and the Ventriloquist, sweet Jesus. Even in the long and storied history of [[DemonicDummy terrifying ventriloquist dummies]], Scarface easily rises to the top of the pack. Not to mention that the character's status as a bloodless wooden dummy allowed the creators to inflict all sorts of [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence hideous violence]] on him that they could never get away with on a human being.
** The show's first incarnation of the Scarecrow was more of an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, but the ReTool version, '''[[NightmareFuel EGADS.]]''' He sprays people with ''literal'' weaponized NightmareFuel. He looks like a rotting corpse in [[SinisterMinister black preacher robes]] that the creators explicitly compared to [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974 Leatherface.]] And he has the utterly bone-chilling voice of Creator/JeffreyCombs. Is it any wonder why this version of the character is so popular?
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
** Gaz is the [[CreepyChild creepiest]] and most terrifyingly competent character in the whole series.
** Zim himself, when he isn't being a JerkassWoobie.
* Raven of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' overlaps this with CreepyGood. Slade is also this.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'':
** Tarkin was in three episodes. [[ForegoneConclusion We knew who he was and what he was going to become]]. We saw him bonding with Anakin, making sure we saw ''Film/ANewHope'' in a new light. And we watched as he served under Evan Piell, one of the most badass Jedi in existence. It was definitely creepy and very awesome.
** The WalkingSpoiler that is [[spoiler:[[EvilIsCool Darth]] [[TheSociopath Maul]]]], who managed to redeem himself from his lacklustre portrayal in the movies by going straight into this trope.
** Darth Sidious, when he decided to stop playing OrcusOnHisThrone and remind everyone why he's the Lord of the Sith and just how beneath his league the show's main cast is. He pulls off the [[PsychicStrangle Force Choke]] with just a light gesture on couple of {{Mooks}} and pins them against a wall. Then he takes on [[spoiler:Darth Maul and [[TheJuggernaut Savage Opress]]]] on his own in an outright CurbStompBattle, reducing two villains that proven to an outright menace against the show's usual protagonist and reduces the fight to MookHorrorShow. It's even made clear before the fight started up he could have just killed them without resorting to using his lightsabers given that he easily [[MindOverMatter pinned and immobilized them]] (something we had never seen another Force user pull off, let alone against characters that had brought down caves or hurled starfighters), he just fought them hand to hand for fun so he could torture them.
* Its own SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' gives us at least one per season:
** The Inquisitor, a ghostly pale warrior with a buzzsaw lightsaber and the effortlessly cool voice of Creator/JasonIsaacs, as well as his boss Governor Tarkin, whose first action in the series is [[spoiler: having the [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain goofy villain]] [[ThoseTwoGuys duo]] [[YouHaveFailedMe decapitated by the Inquisitor for their failure.]]]]
** Season 2 gives us the grand-daddy of them all, AKA '''Darth-Fucking-Vader.''' Every encounter the main characters have with him is a battle just to stay ''alive'' and he opens his first episode by [[CurbStompBattle devastating an entire Rebel fleet single-handedly.]]
** Starting in the Season 2 finale and dropping in occasionally in Season 3 is much-beloved ''Clone Wars'' veteran [[spoiler: Darth Maul]], who ends his first episode by [[spoiler: brutally slaughtering two Inquisitors and [[EyeScreen slicing Kanan's eyes out]] ''onscreen.'']]
** The much-beloved [[CanonImmigrant Grand Admiral Thrawn]], who is every bit the MagnificentBastard he was in Legends and then some. Half the fun of Season 3 is [[EvilIsCool watching him run circles around the protagonists]]. And that's not even mentioning his [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome chilling, kickass theme music.]]
* The earlier ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' series introduced General Grievous as the Jedi equivalent of a SlasherMovie monster, whose EstablishingCharacterMoment was to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] ''five'' Jedi, fighting three of them simultaneously.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The Delightful Children From Down The Lane.
* JustForFun/CandleJack from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' is a good exa-
* Him from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* Heloise from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* The eponymous Ren of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''.
** Anthony's Dad from within the show. A protective father and certainly something everyone fears is the wrath of an angry dad who lost their son, his long, ominous lecture to Ren and Stimpy gets increasingly heart-stopping fooling the viewers into thinking big trouble is about to happen...turns out he's actually not a bad guy after all.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Koh the FaceStealer managed to became an EnsembleDarkhorse because of this trope.
** [[TheDragon Princess]] [[TheChessmaster Azula]], too. She's a frighteningly competent tracker and acts really off around Zuko. In addition, while evil, you might ''almost'' want to see her succeed[[note]]keyword being "almost"[[/note]], [[MagnificentBastard because you know it will look awesome when she does]].
** Hama, thanks to being the inventor of bloodbending.
* SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has [[BigBad Amon]], and [[BigBadWannabe Tarrlok]]. Later came [[CreepyTwins Desna and Eska]].
** [[EvilCounterpart The Red Lotus]] as a whole deserve a spot here, all creepy and deadly to say the least.
* Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* Nearly ''everything'' in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', but somehow Freaky Fred manages to top them all.
* The Creeper from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalia}}''. He is the only character with no redeeming quality, a skilled ManipulativeBastard and [[VileVillainSaccharineShow a surprisingly evil and cruel villain for an otherwise rather light-hearted series]].
* The Grim Reaper in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. His debut rescuing Baron Strucker from SHIELD was awesome and the only thing thwarting it? Nick Fury.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Discord is a FauxAffablyEvil, {{manipulative|Bastard}}, {{Mind Rap|e}}ing GodOfEvil who [[RealityIsOutToLunch turns Equestria upside down]] ForTheEvulz. He's also a LargeHam and the funniest character in the whole series who enjoys enormous popularity.
** Nightmare Moon, an OmnicidalManiac {{Mad God}}dess trying to bring TheNightThatNeverEnds, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAp8DFBb7XM one of the best]] {{Evil Laugh}}s ever.
** Chrysalis the Changeling Queen. Her VillainSong is creepy but still fun to listen to. She's also a weird, kinky example, being essentially a downplayed succubus that feeds on [[ThePowerOfLove love]] and can [[VoluntaryShapeshifter take any shape she desires]], all the while looking like a freaky insectoid zombie.
** King Sombra. He's a tyrant that condemned his subjects to a lifetime of slavery, hid away the MacGuffin that he knew could kill him, [[CrazyPrepared took every step one could think of to keep anybody from ever finding it]], and has an all round demonic appearance to fit his personality.
** Tirek, a character fans had been wanting to see in the modern show in part because of how [[NightmareFuel terrifying he was]], and the show still made him an AdaptationalBadass in the form of a PowerParasite that drains the magic from beings he has the strength to, along with sucking much of the life from them. Unicorns, pegasi, earth ponies, and with enough strength [[PhysicalGod Alicorns]] [[spoiler:and even Discord.]]
** Fluttershy's superhero counterpart [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk "Saddle Rager"'s]] [[HulkingOut hulked out form]] is [[{{Gonk}} grotesquely proportioned]] and [[NightmareFuel downright terrifying]], but those are simply reasons for why [[FanNickname Flutterhulk]] is so awesome.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'':
** The ever-present, silent, faceless Soundwave. There's a reason everyone but [[BigBad Megatron]] fears him- he's capable of not only gathering intel from nearly anywhere on Earth, he's an expert at [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] upstarts who disrespect Megatron. He's so cool, he's capable of snarking without even '''speaking'''. And when he ''does'' speak, he doesn't use his own voice, but instead prefers to QuoteMine the words of others and play them back.
** [[BigBad Megatron]], [[TheStarscream Starscream]] and [[PsychoForHire Airachnid]].
** The Insecticons are hulking, animalistic bruisers with an almost demonic shriek. They tend to make whatever scene they appear in about twice as awesome.
** [[TheJuggernaut Predaking]], a huge, virtually indestructible robot dragon with jaws like [[Franchise/{{Predator}} the Yajuta]]. Even Megatron's afraid of this guy.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The Evil Cat from "Dungeon". "I'm going to unzip your skin and wear it like a little coat."
** Marceline started off as this, then she became more TheWoobie while her creepy traits were either downplayed or disappeared entirely.
** Marceline's father, Hunson Abadeer, is a [[YourSoulIsMine soul-sucking]] HumanoidAbomination who's basically the vampire equivalent of {{Satan}}, and he's loved because of it.
** [[VileVillainSaccharineShow The Lich]], WalkingWasteland and KnightOfCerebus extraordinaire. Helps that he's voiced by Creator/RonPerlman, who voiced the aforementioned Slade.
* Doctor Destiny on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' was a murderous, [[SkullForAHead skull faced]] [[MindRape mind raping]] DreamWeaver with a CreepyMonotone voice. He was one of the most popular villains in the series, largely because of how well they kept to his comic depictions. [[ComicBook/TheSandman Yes, even that one.]]
* Most aliens and villains in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' (and some of them in [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce the sequels]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien as well]]) are subject to this trope. Among them are [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Vilgax]], [[EnfantTerrible Kevin]], [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghostfreak]], [[BigCreepyCrawlies Stinkfly and Big Chill]], [[MagnificentBastard Aggregor]], [[ManipulativeBastard Darkstar]], [[FantasticRacism the Highbreeds]], and [[MonsterClown Zombozo]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}: Rise of the Duel Masters'', all of the Darkness Civilization creatures. Particularly, [[TheDragon Alakshmi]]'s [[PerversePuppet Razor Kinder Puppet]], [[BigBad The Choten]]'s Trox, General of Destruction and Empress Megaria the Collector. [[DarkIsNotEvil Allie]]'s [[CreepyGood Scaradorable of Gloom Hollow]] is more like UglyCute in her regular form, but becomes this trope when going OneWingedAngel.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'', The Imposter/Telemarketer. In his first appearance, he steals Dan's identity and gains the reputation of a [[FriendlyEnemy friendly, if manipulative, villain]]. In his second appearance, he's [[TookALevelInBadass taken several levels in badass]] in his post-prison days. He essentially uses his knowledge of Dan and his new job as a telemarketer to try and drive Dan completely bonkers. [[TheBadGuyWins And succeeds]].
* Professor Pericles in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''. Udo Kier's performance certainly helps.
* Bill Cipher from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' became an enormous EnsembleDarkhorse thanks to being a sadistic interdimensional demon.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' has ''at least'' one of these characters in almost every episode, and even the harmless ones (like Enoch and The Highwayman) are delightfully creepy. The king though is definitely The Beast, a [[LivingShadow shadow creature]] with a [[EvilSoundsDeep terrifying baritone]] that turns those lost in his forest into trees.
* Wuya from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' in both ghost and true form, Wuya has creepy written all over her. Although physically very attractive in her true form, deep down she's a seductive and cruel Witch.
* Spirit from ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'' neither good or evil, Spirit gives off this impression without literally doing anything more than just racing. The entire main cast were clueless of his intentions, he was only there to race nothing more...and nothing less.
* Master Cyclonis from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' is an [[GothGirlsKnowMagic ambitiously powerful Goth girl]] with quite the god complex. She's hauntingly dark with a reputation for knowing a lot of obscure magic, though still young it's obvious she knows more than the plot was willing to reveal.
* [[CreepyChild Lucy Loud]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is Lincoln's seventh sister, and arguably the most intimidating of them all. She's [[CreepyCute cute in her own morbid ways]] and is frighteningly competent, appearing out of nowhere scaring quite a few other characters (often without trying to). Of course she supports her siblings, even if one of them forgets her from time to time.